The best thing to come out of a short series is rest. With the playoffs running on a tight every-other-night pace, there's very little time allotted for recovery.
Draymond Green limped to the podium Wednesday, favoring the left ankle he repeatedly tweaked throughout the series. While he played through the pain, he's happy to be off his feet for a while.
"It's a bit sore, for sure," Green admitted.
The 25-year-old forward collided with Allen Crabbe late in the third quarter, forcing him to check out of the contest to get his ankle re-taped.
"I went up, he kind of hit me, I lost balance a little bit and came down on the side of it," Green said. "But it's definitely something that's been reoccurring a bit. Same thing happened last year in the playoffs. I sprained it like the second round and got it almost every game after that."
Despite the injury, Green returned for the final frame to finish the game with 13 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, and two steals while anchoring the defense for the Warriors' crunch-time lineups. That, along with some heroics from Stephen Curry, ensured that Green's promise came true.
With two series wins in the books, the Warriors will take Thursday off as they await the winner between San Antonio and Oklahoma City. Should the series extend to seven games, the Warriors wouldn't play again until next Wednesday.
"These few days off will be good for me; what is it, four days off or six?" Green asked. "Whatever it is, it will be good to rest up and do some strengthening up and get with our training staff and try to get it back right as much as possible."
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